Saltwater– Anglers don’t have a lot to choose from due to ice, snow, and frigid water temperatures. Speckled Trout are about the only option right now. However, fish kills and icy ramps are causing many to lose interest. The Elizabeth River still offers opportunities for trophy Trout, but the bite is slow. Some areas of the James River can offer a good option compared to the Elizabeth. Ocean wrecks provide opportunities for Tautog but again, conditions can make launching a boat interesting. Tilefish are another species up for grabs for … Read More »
Saltwater – Frigid temperatures are keeping many anglers grounded on the saltwater front. Some die-hards are still chasing Speckled Trout inside the Elizabeth River with decent success. Live bait is scoring keeper fish along with small profile Mirr-o-lures with long pauses and slight twitches. Deep dropping for Tilefish also remains a productive option as long as the weather cooperates. Tautog are another species willing to bite right now, but again, interest is very slow.
Freshwater – Cold temperatures are affecting freshwater anglers with limited choices of destinations as ice has invaded … Read More »
Saltwater– Again we are left with limited options in local saltwater angling right now. The Elizabeth River remains an option for quality Speckled Trout. Live bait, smaller Mirr-o-lures, and soft plastics are drawing the most strikes. Long pauses are working best with the suspending baits. Anglers can still target Tautog with reasonable expectations of quality keepers. The tougher part to deal with is obtaining crab for bait and having favorable weather conditions. Deep dropping for Tilefish, Rosefish, and Grouper is another option, just be prepared to deal with Dogfish. Seabass … Read More »
Saltwater– Saltwater anglers have been very limited in their choices of species to target in local waters. However, ocean wrecks have been good for Tautog for those targeting them. Deep dropping has also been good, with the target species mainly being Tilefish. Seabass are a bi-catch, but are out of season for now. The Elizabeth River remains an option for Speckled Trout, but water temps are low, so slow presentations have been the ticket for success. Live bait is always a good option, especially when conditions are tough. Slow sinking … Read More »